I have recently come by this incredibly revealing article by George Monbiot. I am not ashamed to admit that I used to assume that an ever-increasing population was putting a strain on the planet’s resources and contributing to global warming. I can now see that this equates to the flabby West blaming the world’s poor for our own extravagances. The premise for Monbiot’s argument – and my apostasy – seem eminently valid: the richer you are the less you breed and the more you consume. Simple when you stop to think.
Having my beliefs challenged is like an affirmation of vitality, a cleansing of the spirit; the internal debate and cognitive dissonance that precedes forming new opinions makes me feel young and human.
If this is all a little serious then please enjoy this clip from South Park (play the top video), which serves to sum up some of what George is saying, only with more cartoon.